Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio once again topped the list of preferred presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2022 elections, according to the results of a Pulse Asia survey released Sunday showed.
Marcos was the number one pick for president if the elections were held during the Jan. 19 to 24 survey period, chosen by 60% of the 2,400 survey respondents, Pulse Asia said in its report released Sunday. The official campaign period started Feb. 8.
His closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, came in second place picked by 16% of the respondents, followed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 8% voter preference and Sen. Panfilo Lacson with 4%.
The poll had a +/- 2% margin of error.
Should their original choice for president withdraw, 24% of the respondents with a first choice for president said they would vote for Moreno, followed by Lacson and Pacquiao both with 14%, Robredo with 13%, and Marcos with 10%.
For the vice president, Duterte-Carpio led the list chosen by 50% of the respondents. She was followed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III with voter preference of 29%, Sen. Francis Pangilinan with 11%, and Dr. Willing Ong with 5%.
Those with a first choice for president are most inclined to choose Sotto as their alternative candidate for the post, with 35% voter preference, followed by Duterte-Carpio with 15%, Pangilinan with 14% and Ong with 11%.
Of the 64 candidates for senator, 13 have a statistical chance of winning led by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo supported by 66.1% of likely voters, Pulse Asia said. He is followed by former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Rep. Loren Legarda sharing second to fourth places, and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero statistically ranking second to fifth places.
When it comes to the party-list elections, nine groups obtained voter preference of at least 2% of the total number of votes, which means they are likely to secure at least one seat at the House of Representatives.
These party-list groups are ACT-CIS (10.4%), Ako Bicol (5.6%), 4Ps (4.3%), Senior Citizens Partylist (3.3%), [email protected] (3.3%), Magsasaka (2.3%), An Waray (2.3%), Gabriela (2.1%), and Kabayan (2.1%).
See the full Pulse Asia survey results here.
The official campaign period for national candidates in the May 9 elections began on Feb. 8 and will continue until May 7, two days before election day.